Fed’s Lockhart Says December Will Have More Data to Consider Hike

There could be sufficient economic data for the Federal Reserve to consider a rate hike at their meeting later in October but there will be a lot more data on hand in time for the December meeting, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Monday.

“I think October is a live meeting, clearly there is the potential that the data coming in, in advance of the October meeting will be sufficient … we have a lot more in December,” he said following a speech to a university association in Orlando, Florida.

Lockhart, a centrist on monetary policy, is a voting member of the U.S. central bank’s rate-setting committee this year. He did not rule out supporting a hike at the October meeting.


Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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